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September 26, 2017 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Make friends with manta rays and find yourself amazed by sea creatures you never knew existed as you dive in Myanmar’s Mergui
Archipelago. Walk from village to village, trek from peak to peak on the hills and mountains that make up the Shan plateau. These are some of the activities Myanmar offers for the more adventurous travellers seeking life-changing experiences.

For divers, the islands of Mergui are beautiful and unspoilt, offering the chance of big fish sightings. Diving here calls for more experienced divers looking for new locations away from the crowds. Some popular dive sites include:

Black Rock – known for its excellent variety of reef life and abundance of large pelagics; Western Rocky – one of the best spots for shark sightings; High Rock, a mix of steep drops and gentle reefs around a small island; and Burma Banks – a collection of seamounts located some 180 kilometres northwest of the Similan Islands.

Myanmar is also known to be home of some of the world’s best walks, hikes and treks, ranging from excellent mountain hiking and trekking trails in the Himalayan north around Putao to fascinating hill tribe trekking in the hills and mountains of much of the country,
particularly on the Shan Plateau in the east and Mt. Victoria of Chin State in the West.

There are varied packages available to meet with everyone’s taste and energy levels.

Although not quite common just yet, cycling has grown more popular in the fast few years, with many attesting to the fact that riding a bike may actually be the best way to enjoy Myanmar’s amazing attractions. There are now bike tours available in different parts of the country, from Bagan to Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach.

In 2016, Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism launched a 100-day program to boost community-based tourism in seven destinations: Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State, Loikaw in Kayah State, Thandaunggyi in Kayin State, Pa-O in Shan State, Myaing township in Magwe Region, Kanpatlet Township in Chin State and the Irrawaddy dolphin conservation centre based in six villages in Mandalay Region. A large number of tour operators now provide packages that cater to different needs and sizes of the traveling party.

Myanmar Tourism Marketing Chairperson May Myat Mon Win says, “If it is an adventure you’re looking for, Myanmar has what it takes to be an alternative holiday destination.

We do invite you to leave the flock of tourists behind and journey into some of the most remote regions in the world on trips that are especially tailored to your needs and liking.”

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